Strictly COVID Update: Tom Fletcher speaks out after he and partner test positive

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Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden kicked off 'Strictly' 2021 dancing the Cha Cha for the very first dance of the series. (BBC)
Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden have tested positive for coronavirus one day after performing on 'Strictly'. (BBC)

Tom Fletcher has told his Strictly Come Dancing partner Amy Dowden they will need to "pull something special" after testing positive for coronavirus.

The McFly singer and his professional dance partner are self-isolating separately for 10 days after catching COVID-19 one day after they took part in the first live show of the series alongside all the other contestants.

Fletcher commented on Dowden's Instagram post announcing her positive test result: "Rest up partner. We’ve got to pull something special out of the bag for week 3."

Tom Fletcher told Amy Dowden they would need to pull something special in Week 3. (Instagram)
Tom Fletcher told Amy Dowden they would need to pull something special in Week 3. (Instagram)

The pair will miss the first dance-off of Strictly 2021 and be allowed to return to compete in Week 3.

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The 31-year-old Welsh dancer - who came second in 2019 dancing with CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual - told her supporters: "Unfortunately Tom and I have tested positive for COVID-19, I'm not suffering any symptoms but am now isolating at home.

"I have no doubt that over the next 10 days my mind will be going crazy with choreography ideas ready to get back on the strictly dance floor for the live show in week 3!

Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing 2021 - TX: 18/09/2021 - Episode: Strictly Come Dancing - Launch Show (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Tom Fletcher - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
McFly's Tom Fletcher will go straight through to Week 3 of 'Strictly' after self-isolating. (BBC)

"Thank you for all of the support and good luck to all of the couples this week. I will be cheering you all on!"

A BBC spokesperson said in a statement: "Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden have tested positive for COVID-19. The pair are now self-isolating separately following the latest government guidelines. While they will both miss Saturday’s live show, Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week.”

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The pair performed the very first dance of the series on Saturday night, doing the Cha Cha to September by Earth, Wind & Fire.

New judge Anton Du Beke tipped them to make it through to the final, telling Fletcher: "A fabulous start - well done you, you've set the bar. Straighten up your leg actions and I think that will see you all the way through my old sausage."

Revel Horwood said: "I thought it was a little bit wooden, but what you do have is amazing rhythm.

And Motsi Mabuse said: "I think we are going to see you go far. With that start, what can go wrong?"

'Strictly Come Dancing' 2021 contestants Greg Wise, Katie McGlynn, Dan Walker, AJ Odudu, Rhys Stephenson, Tilly Ramsay, Tom Fletcher, Judi Love, Adam Peaty, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Robert Webb, John Waite, Nina Wadia, Ugo Monye, Sara Davies. (BBC)
'Strictly Come Dancing' 2021 contestants Greg Wise, Katie McGlynn, Dan Walker, AJ Odudu, Rhys Stephenson, Tilly Ramsay, Tom Fletcher, Judi Love, Adam Peaty, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Robert Webb, John Waite, Nina Wadia, Ugo Monye, Sara Davies. (BBC)

The All About You singer has previously admitted feeling under pressure given he's following in the footsteps of bandmate Harry Judd, who won the show in 2010.

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Big Brother's Little Bit On The Side presenter AJ Odudu became the one to watch this weekend, after scoring an incredible 34 for her Jive. Judge Shirley Ballas gave her a score of 9 for the first time ever for a dance in week one.

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe performed the Tango for their first live dance on 'Strictly'. (BBC)
John Whaite and Johannes Radebe performed the Tango for their first live dance on 'Strictly'. (BBC)

Former Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite and Johannes Radebe were joint second on the leader board after making history as the first all-male couple to compete on the show.

They were both emotional after dancing the Tango to Blue Monday by New Order, to a standing ovation from some of the judges

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